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This was posted on the Massachusetts Lyme Yahoo Board. Thought I would share it. It appears to be an excerpt from the Empire State Lyme Disease Association


Nematode Spirochete Farmers

Nematode Spirochete Farmers

In 2000, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that over a billion people
are at risk for parasitic worm infections (filaria). 120 million people are
infected with parasites in more than 80 countries (Africa, Asia, Central and
South Americas, and the Pacific Islands). Of those infected, 44 million suffer
filariasis symptoms.

Nematodes are parasitic worms which receive nourishment and/or shelter from
hosts. There is a theory that nematodes ‘farm’ smaller organisms like the
Lyme Borrelia spirochetes, similar to the way we humans farm cows or chickens,
feeding and protecting them so we can later eat them. Nematodes may live
symbiotically with spirochetes in humans!

Ticks and other vectors harbor numerous parasites: large ones referred to as
worms (filaria) and microscopic bacteria, viruses, protozoa, fungi and
microfilaria. Ticks in Connecticut and New York do carry nematodes according to
Doctors Willy Burgdorfer, Eva Sapi, and Richard Ostfeld.

Can worms destroy American health, as in WHO’s reported 80 countries, or as in
our American pets? The answer to the question, “Can nematodes wreak havoc as
human parasites?” is supposedly unknown, at least in the USA. Well, can
nematodes prevent recovery from “chronic” Lyme and tick-borne diseases?
Puppies are de-wormed soon after they are born. Dogs typically and quickly
recover from Lyme disease after antibiotics, perhaps because of their early-life
and subsequent regular de-worming; there are no nematodes harvesting spirochetes
in their canine bodies.

If nematodes work against antibiotics by protecting and increasing spirochete
population, then antibiotic therapy may eradicate ‘loose’ spirochetes but
not those under nematode farmers’ protection. If a nematode-Borrelia
symbiotic relationship exists, Borrelia can screw its way out, escape the
nematode farm, free to wreak havoc on us.

If nematodes are present, then a huge amount of antibiotics over a long period
of time may only suppress bacterial growth. Symptoms will be somewhat relieved,
a modicum of health will be maintained, but there is no cure while nematodes
live to raise new spirochetes.

So for the duration, surviving nematodes will keep on farming. Can this
proposed process explain the cyclical nature of Lyme in certain cases?
Antibiotics destroy spirochetes, some nematodes starve and die, but survivor
nematodes still farm. A human host might suffer a relapse or flare-up if a
bountiful harvest releases excess spirochetes into the body.

Antibiotics relieve our symptoms by killing spirochetes. Antibiotics also
decrease the nematode’s food supply resulting in nematode starvation and
death. If enough spirochetes are destroyed and enough nematodes die of
starvation, eventually there might be no one left to run the farm. A patient

However if nematode filaria causes some chronic Lyme, it might be more prudent
to stop the farmer. Ivermectin causes starvation and death of nematodes by
interfering with their ability to eat/digest. Although antibiotics have been
our primary defense, a doctor once told me Ivermectin was the best medicine for
Lyme disease. Interesting to note that since 1982, filariasis victims in
WHO’s reported 80 countries were given millions of free doses of Ivermectin as
part of a Global Health Initiative, but in the USA and Europe, it is typically
not prescribed. A surging idea is that all we need is to live healthy and take
vitamins and supplements but I suspect that what would CURE chronic Lyme would
be a remedy for the cause!

Other causes may be virulent Borrelia, Mycoplasma, Morgellons, Candida, other
Fungi, Molds, XMRV, (Xenotropic Murine Retrovirus) and/or other microbes or

The average chronic Lyme patient suffers a gradual decline into poverty and a
lifetime of pain and debilitation. Find the cause, treat and have compassion.


Bite date ?
2/10 symptoms began
5/10 dx'd, after 3 months numerous test and doctors

IgM Igenex +/CDC +
+ 23/25, 30, 31, 34, 41, 83/93

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Thanks for posting this. I wholeheartedly agree. I think it's very difficult to get rid of Lyme if you have an unaddressed parasitic infection. And I think that applies to most of us.

When I treated for parasites, all kinds of other microbial populations were released. It was horrific, but I felt so much better after the herxes.

I continue to treat for parasites. Like with other co-infections, I had no symptoms that were typical of parasites, but I responded to the meds with herxing.

I'm glad researchers are looking at this.

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Just an FYI, many of the herbs used to treat parasites are also antibacterial/antimicrobial, and are therefore helpful for Lyme and co treatment.

It can be very difficult to determine whether your reactions to the herbs are from die-off of parasites or Lyme, etc..

Luckily, you could be killing 2 birds with one stone, so in the end it might be a moot point, but I just wanted to clarify that one detail.

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If you know what your symptoms are from, it is very easy to tell.

My herxing symptoms are completely different for Lyme, Bart, Babs and GI parasites.

But if you have more general herxing symptoms, it would be more difficult to tell the difference.

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